The spokesman for the 17th February revolutionary youth in Misratah conducted a live interview with Al Jazeera Arabic earlier this evening in which he explained how Gaddafi’s forces are managing to survive inside the city. He said:
There were attempts to enter Misratah from a number of directions today but were blocked by the revolutionaries. There are however forces and tanks positioned at a number of locations across the city
They are employing the “Scorched Earth Policy”. Strikes are continuous. To the extent it reached Qasr Ahmed, houses heavily damaged. There were no martyrs today, neither were there any serious injuries.
Gaddafi’s forces attack in the morning and hide at night, namely in the College of Medical Technology and the Infectious Diseases Hospital
Past 2 days there were fighter jets flying over the city. Tanks would destroy shops and buildings, park inside and switch engines to hide. When the fighter jets leave, they come out again to resume their bombardment.
Snipers are still present in some areas, namely Tripoli street. They wanted snipers to be their winning strategy, but it hasn’t worked. Now the snipers are just firing at anything in their line of fire. We have worked so hard of defeat them, but the protection they receive from tanks and artillery in the neighbouring streets makes it difficult for us to completely remove them.
We are in constant communication with revolutionaries in other cities. We know that our equipment is no match for theirs. But we fight them with our belief. We believe that we will be victorious despite the sacrifices.